Raising Children on Technology
I am a huge fan of technology. Interactive games, the ability to build something from scratch on Scratch, entertainment on planes are all different forms of education.
Too many times I see parents using technology as a distraction to make their lives easier too often. Too many parents walking with their kids or pushing a stroller on the phone the entire time. Zero interaction with their kid. It kills me.
I was at a restaurant the other night where there were 3 adults and one child having dinner. The kid who was about 2ish was on one of the parents laps while the parent held a phone in front of the kids face to watch something. What happened to good old crayons and paper? There is something to be said for learning how to entertain yourself and your imagination through drawing. It is good for eye-hand coordination. It also teaches the kids how to be out for a meal with people. No doubt it can be a painful experience for the parents but how else do the kids learn?
I remember those days. It was never a relaxing meal but overtime the kids learned how to go out and sit through a meal entertaining themselves and engaging with the people at the table. The same goes for sitting at family meals at home. You eat what you get, you ask to be excused and you involve yourself in the conversation even at a young age.
I have seen kids obsessed with the iPad in the stroller, at the grocery store in the cart, in the car, on the plane and everywhere in between. Sure there is a time and place for any of this just like there is a time and place for binge watching TV.
Kids still need to be taught how to learn how to be by themselves in their own space, in their own head, use their hands, play in the park, play sports and all the other activities that are teachable moments.
Technology is great but there is a time and place for everything for children as well as adults.